Giving Every Dream A Chance- as it happened!
Presenting to you, ‘Giving Every Dream A Chance’, Akshaya Patra’s pilot launch event! Launch of three uncommon dreams of three chosen Akshaya Patra beneficiaries. Emotion was in the air and compassion was ruling hearts. Eyes were on the three budding stars of the evening, Manjula, Shivu and Shekar, Akshaya Patra’s soul inspiration behind the endeavour.
Nearly a year ago, The Foundation had embarked on a daunting task of identifying three uncommon dreams in a pool full of dreams. Dreams of children that often go unheard and unrealized! 11 June, 2016 was the night of launching those dreams after months of nurturing and fostering.
The event witnessed unprecedented support and encouragement in form of thought leaders, philanthropists, corporates, celebrities, artists and friends and family. Mrs. Sudha Murty graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Femina Miss India Supranational 2016, Ms. Sushruthi Krishna was in attendance to extend her support while celebrated musician couple, Ram Sampath and Sona Mohapatra’s ethereal voice dominated the evening air. Award winning sand artist, Raghavendra Hegde’s sand art showcasing the story of Akshaya Patra left the crowd mesmerised.
The all new Akshaya Patra mobile app was launched on the occasion by Mrs. Sudha Murty who also addressed the gathering. Three Akshaya Patra films featuring each beneficiary were also premiered. Manjula’s astounding performance, Shivu’s enlightening presentation on the constellations and Shekar’s act of an on spot chocolatier worked magic into the audience. Everyone’s eyes glinted with joy and endless claps echoed in the air.
Akshaya Patra’s independent trustee Mr. Mohandas Pai was also present to encourage The Foundation’s undertaking. The three mentors, Dr. Zulfia Shaikh, Ms. Preethi Krishnamurthy and Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju of Vivanta By Taj were felicitated for their efforts and willingness to take these three children under their tutelage and giving their dreams a new fillip.
Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman Akshaya Patra and Vice-Chairman, Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa also attended the event along with other dignitaries and supporters. The evening came to its picturesque end with a vote of thanks by Mr. Sridhar Venkat, CEO, Akshaya Patra, followed by a lavish buffet spread sponsored by Vivanta By Taj.
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